Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use these images in my art?
Yes! You are welcome to incorporate Lunagirl images into one-of-a-kind collage art, handmade cards, mixed media art, jewelry, ATCs, ACEOs, fabric art, primitives and folk art pieces, assemblage, altered books and boxes, etc., which may be sold if you wish.
If your pieces are one-of-a-kind, the only requirement is that you credit Lunagirl Images if your work is displayed online or published somewhere (with a link to Lunagirl.com if online).
You may print unlimited copies of images or collage sheets for your own personal non-commercial use or educational use, and alter them for your own non-commercial use as well.
Please note that this permission is for you, the purchaser, only (and members of your immediate household). Please don't share or forward to others (Please DO refer a friend and we will give you a discount for YOUR next purchase!).
May I make handmade items to sell?If your items are handmade: YES. We want home crafters and artists to feel free to sell their handmade items... while wider commercial use requires additional licensing, that shouldn't apply to the home crafter who just wants to sell a few of her/his creations!
So, please create handmade cards, jewelry, scrapbook pages, decoupaged items, ornaments, etc., to sell, and please create labels and tags for your handmade items.
If you wish to make a large number of reproductions, sell craft supplies, or do large-scale commercial printing, please contact us for permission. We're often glad to give permission if you simply credit Lunagirl, but sometimes an additional license may be required.
If you are creating prints for sale or any craft supplies or design elements for sale, or wish to use images in professional graphic design or advertising for third parties, you'll need to license individual images from us rather than buying the CDs, which are not licensed for such uses.
For Marketing, Illustration, Graphic Design:
We Offer Royalty-Free Commercial Licensing!
Email Karen to Inquire.
How about labels and tags for my items?
Yes, create labels for your soaps, candles, scents, etc., make unique jewelry cards and hang tags... Lunagirl images are amazing for that. The only limit would be if your labels/tags are professional/commercial graphic design, mass-printed, etc., in which case we would do a commercial license for graphic design. If you're just selling your items on etsy, etc., please feel free. And you're welcome to email me if you're not sure!
What about making jewelry to sell?We have many customers who use Lunagirl images to create altered art jewelry to sell. Please just remember to credit Lunagirl.com when you sell your item or if it is published in a magazine or blog.
If you want to make very large numbers of pieces with the same image, please just contact us for permission. It's usually OK if you just credit/link to Lunagirl.com. Or you can purchase commercial royalty-free licensing.
Making jewelry or charms for personal use, gifts for friends, etc., is always fine!
Can I use Lunagirl images for my class or workshop?
Yes, please do, and let us know. Print images for your class or workshop, please just be sure to credit Lunagirl Images. If you'll be sending students to our site to purchase their own supplies, let us know and we can create a special private discount code just for them! And I love to sponsor events and workshops as well.
What about digital art or digital brushes, tubes, etc?
For original digital art, see the section "Can I use these images in my art?" above. Please feel free to create original digital collage, etc., the only condition being that you credit and link to Lunagirl Images if your art is published or displayed online.
For PSP tubes, Photoshop brushes, etc., you are welcome to create these for your own personal non-commercial use, but tubes or brushes and other digital elements may not be sold or shared/redistributed without our permission. Often we can grant permission if you just add a credit to Lunagirl Images.
Use in commercial digital scrapbooking design requires additional licensure.
Can I sell or share the digital images?
No. We encourage our customers to enjoy these images, but resale or redistribution of the digital images in any digital form (on CD, DVD, downloads, e-cards, e-prints, tubes, image sharing services, Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) is strictly forbidden without written permission.
We certainly don't mind if you share them with your kids or grandkids or spouse! But for friends and people outside your household, please send them to Lunagirl.com to purchase their own, so we can continue to make a living and produce new products! Remind your friends to tell us you referred them, so we can send you a discount for YOUR next purchase.
Can I sell collage sheets, stickers, fabric squares, transfers, etc?
No, but you can make them for your personal use. "Design elements for sale" includes anything you sell or distribute for others to use in their art/crafts, such as collage sheets, stickers, decals, loose charms, transfers, patterns, fabric squares, any kind of craft supplies for sale. Sale or commercial distribution of these items is not allowed, although doing any of this for your own personal use is absolutely encouraged!
Can I sell shirts or other printed items?
You can create any of these for your personal non-commercial use, but selling them is considered commercial printing and requires permission. Selling buttons, mirrors, etc. that you create yourself in small numbers is usually OK if you remember to credit Lunagirl.com. Selling prints or shirts usually requires an additional license.
Our royalty-free commercial licensing fees are the lowest we know of! If you are interested in commercial use licensure, please email us for more information and we will be glad to work with you.
Can I sell prints?
You can create prints for your personal non-commercial use, no limits, have fun! Commercial printing, prints for sale, or mass production requires purchase of a commercial license (please email us for more information and we will be glad to work with you).
Greeting cards that are printed in bulk without altering the image are considered "prints" and may require commercial licensing if you plan to sell them.
One-of-a-kind handmade cards in which you alter or incorporate the image are considered art and do NOT require commercial licensing (see guidelines above under "Can I use these images in my art?") We have many customers who enjoy creating unique handmade cards and love to see what they create. And again, any and all printing for personal, non-commercial use, including prints and cards, is encouraged!
Can I use these images on my website or blog?
Use up to 10 images on your own web page or blog page, with credit and link to Lunagirl.com. All Lunagirl images displayed in online listings should be watermarked “Lunagirl Images.”
We do ask that you take reasonable steps to prevent theft of the images from your page. If you display a Lunagirl image on your blog, please link to Lunagirl.com and don't let it open up to full size for others to copy or download.
We prefer that you include credit and a link back to Lunagirl.com for each image you use. You can contact us for help with the credit/link if you like.
For commercial websites or graphic design for third parties, please contact us.
We do not permit Lunagirl images to be uploaded or shared on Photobucket, Flickr or similar sites, as this redistributes our work for free.
I am a graphic designer. May I use these in my work?
Use in commercial graphic design or website design for third parties requires commercial use licensure of individual images. The CDs sold directly from this website are not licensed for such use. If you are interested in affordable commercial use or professional use licensure, please email us. We will be very happy to work out something that suits us both!
I am a digital scrapbooking designer. May I use Lunagirl images in my work?
We are pleased to offer commercial licensing of individual images for designers. Use in commercial digital scrapbooking design requires additional licensure. We offer two levels of licensure, depending on whether you credit Lunagirl. Please inquire and we'll be glad to work something out!
Can I use them in marketing or advertising?
Usually, use in advertising, marketing or commercial graphic design requires a commercial use license for individual images. (We do not license entire CDs for commercial use.) Please email us for commercial royalty-free licensing. We have affordable licensing for small businesses, starting at $10 per image. For use in media production (film, television, etc.) please email us to arrange professional use licensing.
We Offer Royalty-Free Commercial Licensing!
Email Karen to Inquire.
Are all these images copyright-free?
No, we own copyright to some of them. While most of our images were originally public domain, we have creatively altered many of them, and these alterations and/or altered versions are now protected by our copyright. Some are registered with the US Copyright Office by our company.
But Lunagirl images are "royalty-free" for personal use and for some resale of unique art and handmade crafts as described above. This means you can feel free to use Lunagirl images in your personal art and crafts projects within the terms of our license agreement without payment of any additional fees or royalties.
All Lunagirl images are offered under the terms of our License Agreement regardless of copyright status, which is common practice by professional image vendors. We're pleased to offer images for pennies apiece for personal use (and the lowest commercial licensing fees we know of).
But aren't these all "public domain"?
Most of our originals (the old postcards, antique books, etc.) started out in the public domain, which means that the copyright had expired due to age or that they were never copyrighted to begin with. However, many of the digital images we sell now have legal protection as "derivative works" ~ a derivative work is a creatively altered version of another work. Creative alteration of a public domain image creates copyright for the altered version, or at the very least for the alterations themselves. This is the case with many Lunagirl images.
An oft-cited example: if you take a photo of the Statue of Liberty, you don't own the Statue of Liberty but you do own your own photo. Similarly, if we take a digital photo of a piece of ephemera and creatively alter it, the original piece of paper ephemera is still public domain, but we own the creatively altered version in our photo. (Exact scans are not usually eligible for copyright, but altered scans are.)
Because we strive to make our alterations fit the original vintage style, in most cases it is difficult or nearly impossible to tell which images have been altered by us and which have not. Some people seem to believe they can tell which ones, but they are invariably incorrect!
There is also the issue of LICENSING. All Lunagirl images, regardless of copyright status, are offered under a license agreement, as is common practice in the stock image industry in recognition of the considerable money, time, and production work invested in acquiring, digitizing, compiling, and restoring images. Your purchase grants you permission to use the images in accordance with the terms of our license agreement. Purchase of a Lunagirl product is purchase of the right to use the digital files in accordance with the license agreement, and does not transfer ownership of the files themselves or any intellectual property rights. Most commercial and professional uses require additional licensing of individual images.
How much duplication of images is there between your collections?
Very little. We have kept overlap to a minimum and only where it makes sense. For example, many of the Christmas angels are in both the Angels/Fairies and the Holidays set. If you have questions, please just email us.
What is the size and resolution?
Most of our CD collections are 300 dpi. The only current exceptions are Cigar Labels and Vintage Clip Art, which have images scanned between 96 and 300 dpi. All Lunagirl digital collage sheets are 300 dpi.
Resolution is relative to print size. It is important to note that images can be "300 dpi" at 1 inch or 4 inches or 10 inches ~ the number that really matters is the number of pixels on the longest side.
Our images are generally 900-1500 pixels on the longest side (occasionally larger or slightly smaller), which means they will be 3-5 inches when printed at 300 dpi. Usually you can print them at twice that size and still have print quality appropriate for most home crafts applications. If you need larger files, please contact us to see what's available.
Information on resolution specific to each collection is included on their description pages; click the "Using These Images" tab. If you need help, contact us. Please feel free to ask questions before you buy. We’re glad to help make sure our products will meet your needs.
What about print quality?
We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers who print and use our images in their altered art, collage art, decoupage, scrapbooking, and other crafts, and to create cards, labels, tags, jewelry, quilts, fabric transfers, and many other items with beautiful results. Most images are intended for printing at "craft" sizes such as 6x9, 5x7, 4x6, 2x3 or smaller, although many images will do quite well larger than this. If you need very large files for sale of prints or professional use, please contact us!
If you are concerned about print quality, please contact us for a comp sample before you purchase. Because of the digital nature of our products we cannot accept returns or exchanges, so we encourage you to email us before purchasing if you have any questions or concerns. We’re glad to respond promptly to help make sure our products will meet your needs. We will gladly answer all your questions to help you make an informed decision!
What if I don't have a printer?
I currently do not offer printed products. However, even if you don't have a printer you can still enjoy all Lunagirl digital products! Simply take your Lunagirl CD, or a CD or flashdrive containing your downloads, to a print shop or office supply store and have them printed on the paper of your choice. Most places like Kinko's, Office Depot, Staples, even Walmart, will print them for you. Below are some tips:
Lunagirl CDs: Be sure to take the printed copy of our License Agreement with you (or point it out on the CD itself). This gives permission to print the files for your use. If you have any difficulty with this, email me.
Digital collage sheets & downloads: Load your files onto a flashdrive or CD and take this to the print shop.
ANOTHER OPTION: Most of these places will let you UPLOAD your files from home, order your prints online, and pick them up at your convenience!
For best results: ask them to use a color laser printer, and request a high-quality paper of at least 28-32 lb weight and 98 brightness.
How do I add text or modify an image?
In order to modify an image, such as putting your own text onto a blank label, you need to copy and paste the image into your own image-editing or photo-editing software. Adobe Photoshop is a popular choice, but there are many others, such as CorelDraw, PaintShop, PhotoImpression, and Photoshop Elements. Many computers come with simple photo-editing software that is easy to use and will work just fine for basic editing ~ so you may already have editing software that will work!
To copy an image into other software, simply right-click on the image and choose Copy to Clipboard. You can then paste the image directly into your software program and work on it from there.
TO RESIZE BEFORE PRINTING: In the Print Images window, you can resize an image before printing. Several size choices will be shown, but if you want a size smaller than those shown, simply type in the desired size, down to three-tenths of an inch (very tiny!). You can go very small with good print quality. You can also enlarge images; the print quality will depend on the original size and resolution of the image. Again, feel free to email us with questions.
If you are working with one of our digital collage sheets, these are jpg images that can be resized and printed smaller just like any other jpg. This is great if you want to print smaller for charms and other jewelry.
TO PUT MULTIPLE COPIES ON ONE PAGE: You can resize and print individual images directly from the CD. In order to put multiple images on the same page, copy and paste them into your image-editing or photo-editing software.
Can I pay by mail?
Sure! Just choose "money order" as your payment method at checkout, and email Karen for instructions. You can also choose payment by check, but keep in mind this may delay your order a few days while the check clears!
PHEW! STILL NEED ANSWERS?
Email us at info@Lunagirl.com and we will respond promptly!